Early Durgin "Spray" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
click for more pictures for item 2170f
Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.
Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For."
This piece is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a pear-shaped bowl that is a form characteristic of Durgin in this c. 1870 period. The interior is engraved in a grape with leaves and tendrils motif.
This is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no wear whatsoever, and the bowl is flawless, free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish is superb.